The Consequences of Political Infighting The rift between the two top officeholders in Somalia, and the subsequent removal of Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon ‘Saa’id’, has dealt a serious blow to the credibility of the Federal Government of Somalia and disoriented it from the urgent task of statebuilding. Another phase of infighting could lead to the collapse of this government. Still the crisis may offer a second lease of life for the government if managed properly. To regain confidence domestically and internationally, President Hassan Sheikh must urgently appoint a capable and credible prime minister and allow him to independently execute his constitutional responsibilities, starting with refocusing the government’s agenda back on institutional building and fighting corruption. ———————————————————— Download the full briefing here (